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The End is Near? | Matthew 24 & 25

Near or soon…tomorrow or 100 years from now we should live like it’s any minute.

This week, we continue our study of Matthew 24 and 25. Let’s dig in!

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Ya’ll this is end times stuff. When you read what Jesus said and the conditions surrounding his return, it’s like check, check, check. Then look out your window to see if you see him. H says no one knows the hour or even the day. But it feels soon, right? It’s going to get worse? Yikes.

The Old Testament prophets are all up in this: Daniel, Ezekiel, Joel Isaiah, Zechariah. Jesus quotes them. There are also parallels to Revelation. I have clearly read this passage a lot over the years. I know because I have made lots of notes in the margins. But I must not have paid real close attention to it. Or at least it didn’t stick in my brain. Reading it all together, Matthew twenty-four and twenty-five as one piece…I’m shocked.

Perhaps I don’t remember because it makes me nervous. My anxiety really kicks up a notch. Especially since Jesus says “let the reader understand” in 24:15. This is like John writing in Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. ”The time is near. This was written a while ago. What does near mean? It feels soon.

If it is soon, we better be paying attention. Jesus is speaking with a sense of urgency. “Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (24:42) Near or soon…tomorrow or 100 years from now we should live like it’s any minute. You don’t want to be caught unprepared. Behave like Jesus is going to walk into your room at any moment. How do you want him to find you?

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